Breaking down Proposition One & Two in Pasco
We continue our preview of next week's election with a look at two propositions in Pasco.
Proposition One aims to reverse two annexations of the Donut Hole area.
Proposition Two is a proposal to move around who has power in the city government - specifically, it would give more power to the mayor.
Regarding Proposition One - back in October 2012, about 500 homes and 14,000 people who lived in Franklin County's Donut Hole were annexed into the City of Pasco.
And in 2009, another nearby area of about 41 acres, with about 41 people was also annexed into the city.
The city did not hold a public vote on the annexation, although it did hold several public meetings.
However, some residents say they want to have their voices heard on this issue, because they didn't want to be annexed.
"The interesting thing is if we don't stand up for our rights now, and require that our voting right not be taken away from us, what's the next step?" said Mark Mansell, who supports Proposition One.
Regarding Proposition Two - currently, the Pasco City Council makes decisions and the city manager carries out what is decided.
If Proposition Two passes, more power would be given to the mayor - so if the city council decides on something, the mayor could overule that decision.
Some residents say they are concerned that the city manager has too much power for someone who is not elected.
They say they would rather have someone in charge who is elected by the people.
"Because that mayor knows, I have to be elected next time around, I better be responsive to the needs of the consituents and I better do a good job, and I'm not gonna do things that are gonna get people upset with me" said Roger Lenk, who supports Proposition Two.
We spoke with Pasco's city manager Gary Crutchfield, about the propositions today.
He says the only real power he has is that he can hire and fire employees.
Oher than that, he says he just does what the city council decides on.
Crutchfield says the way the power is distributed in the city government right now is efficient and cost-effective.
Proposition One needs a super majority of 60% to pass.
Proposition Two needs a simple majority of 50% to pass.
To view the voter's pamphlet for the two proposals, click here.